–Tiera Tanner, WDW Radio Team
Fenway Fan brings art to life and realizes a childhood dream during this year’s Epcot International Festival of the Arts.
Boston-based artist, Fan, returned this year to Epcot and credits her supporters for making the festival one of her favorite events of the year.
“This marks my fourth year being part of the Festival of the Arts,” Fan said. “I feel incredibly honored – my artwork was featured as the official poster one year, most of my originals were snatched up on the opening day, and my art prints consistently sold out at various park locations.”
Fan introduced three new pieces for this festival – one representing her collage technique and two abstract pieces that continue a style she introduced at last year’s festival.
“As for my fine art pieces, they seamlessly extend [my] Refraction series and come with a unique feature – both are AR animation enabled!” Fan continued:
The Refraction series, born from deep meditation, serves as a bridge, connecting individuals with their inner wisdom. It serves as my invitation for viewers to finish the art together by contributing their unique perspectives. I encourage them to share what they perceive or feel in the artwork at the present moment, initiating a dialogue with their subconscious, heart, and inner wisdom. Through this exchange, they not only connect with themselves but also share thoughts with those around them. With each revisit, they discover new facets and thoughts, making it a dynamic and evolving experience. And for those who collected my two abstract [Refraction] art pieces from last year – the Castle and Fireworks (Magic Kingdom) and Tree of Life (Animal Kingdom), here’s a wonderful opportunity to complete the set with all four parks!
The two new abstract pieces, titled Refraction – Epcot and Refraction – Hollywood Studios, boldly take two iconic Walt Disney World Parks and transform their well-known features into bold colors, swirling lines, and dynamic shapes. Although these works were originally created with acrylic markers on cardstock, they have also been transformed into mesmerizing animations, which added another layer of creativity and innovation to each piece – truly bringing art to life.
Fan’s newest collage work, My Home My Sea World, transforms bits of paper into an undersea landscape. Inspired by Disney’s The Little Mermaid (1989), Ariel swims upward on the right side of the artwork, reminiscent of her singing “Part of your World,” as ocean creatures frame her. Ariel’s family, including her sisters and King Triton, admire Ariel from the left side of the canvas. A blacklight installed in the shadow box shines behind the characters in this expansive collage piece.
The Little Mermaid held special inspiration for Fan, as she remembered watching the film for the first time as a child.
“When I was just ten years old back in my hometown of Wuxi, China, I first encountered the animated film The Little Mermaid,” shared Fan. “The captivating underwater world from the animation deeply enthralled me, making the ocean a symbol of limitless possibilities.” Fan continued:
Ariel’s bravery in pursuing dreams, confronting challenges, and venturing beyond comfort zones continues to be a wellspring of inspiration. I immortalized this emotion and inspiration on the back of my calendar, which evolved into the painting I hold. Little did I know, this small act planted the seed of a dream. A dream softly whispered to me: embark on studies in the United States, become a revered artist, and spread joy and magic with Disney. Through unwavering belief and relentless effort, my dream at the age of ten has been realized. With gratitude, I step forward into the next dream: to persist in creating and sharing as one of the greatest artists, infusing the world with peace, joy, and magic through my art.
Fan brought this artistic exuberance and energy to the festival stating “every artist has been putting in tremendous effort, pushing boundaries and achieving breakthroughs.”
“If you take a look at each artist’s work in a row, you’ll notice significant growth in terms of style, medium, variety, and the depth of thoughts and stories,” Fan said. “It’s incredible to witness the artistic evolution happening within our community.”
The passion for art and sharing it with Disney fans during the festival extended to the cast members, as well, according to Fan.
“The dedicated teams and cast members behind the event are working tirelessly to ensure that each year surpasses the last,” Fan explained. “We’re all striving to bring our absolute best to make the festival a continuously improving and more exciting experience for everyone.”
Fan looked forward to the future Festival of the Arts, stating that she envisioned the event showcasing “an even more incredible and diverse array of art [and] welcoming families from all around the world.”
“That’s what it’s all about – art bringing everyone together, reminding us that we are all connected as one,” Fan concluded.
To view Fan’s artwork during the festival, visit the Artist Tents in the France Pavilion at Epcot’s World Showcase. Her work can also be located across Disney property in the Art of Disney galleries.